The other week in the middle of our first summer wave of heat I got a hall-pass to meet a few of my favorite local bloggers (Ksugarandspice, WoodbridgeOC, Nicole, Gina, and my pal Priscilla ) at a very cool, <– literally… local restaurant in Fullerton the Cellar. It’s not easy to find which I think adds to the allure or frustration depending on who you ask. I liked walking through what used to be a historic hotel, Villa Del Sol.
You’ll pass a British Grocery store on the left, that reminds me my grandmother loves tea biscuits, now I know where to pick some up along with some Cadbury chocolate. Ok, sorry follow me you’ll see a large carved pillar that looks like something out of Pirates of the Carribean, well it is kind of, I’ll get back to that.
Follow the flight of stairs to your left. You can’t miss the bottles appropriately aging behind the glass. Which by the way I just wanted to drag my finger across that write “w-a-s-h m-e” but it’s for effect I get it.
The restaurant itself is a cozy space with a dining room and lounge divided by the red lamp lined bar.
True to form I asked for a glass of something sparkling. Factoid: I consider myself a little snobby when it comes to sparkling wine aka champagne. Translation: I hold out for the good stuff. For good reason. Drinking wine even Silver Oak, make me wish I had a Claritin but champagne does not. In order to avoided the nasty tiny bubble hangover you must drinking something upwards of at least $20 a bottle, just sayin. I sipped my champagne, yum. It was gooood. Fruity and the most delicate bubbles. I found out it was Pol Clement, a french champagne that I found on wineglobe.com for $20 a bottle (currently chilling in my fridge). Wine Spectator gave it 92 pts. this may be my new every day champagne until my ship comes then I’m back to my first and only love Vueve Cliquot.
We got a little background about The Cellar from owner Ryan Dudley, according to Ryan this place has been around since 1970. So much history in Fullerton I really love that. The inside is something you need to see for yourself. Carved wooden motifs adorn the railing and doors, with quirky facades and coverings that were designed by the same people who crafted Disneyland’s Pirates of the Carribean ride. Pretty cool.
Since I rarely pass up the opportunity to do courses, I reserved a spot for myself at the table and sat down to enjoy a few beautifully prepared dishes. Here’s what we had:
- Pan seared sea scallops with saffron risotto, vegetable ratatouille and herb pistu.
- Lobster bisque topped with crème fraîche and cognac. (licked the bowl clean)
- Organic mixed field greens with shaved pears, candied walnuts, shallots, Point Reyes blue cheese, and apple vinaigrette.
- Grilled swordfish in a demiglaze with seasonal vegetables.
It was delicious beginning to start, we had a waiter that doted on us and made sure we had plenty of fresh crusty bread and was even so kind as to splitting our bill, several ways, something absolutely unheard of. Thank you Cellar for making me slow down that night and savor each bite on my plate. My stomach thanks you too.
New here? Welcome! Come take a look to other fine establishments we have been to on a hall pass.